May 24, 2013 By Christian Murray
The NYC Department of Buildings has reviewed the plans for a 9 story building that is being constructed on 43rd Street and has concluded that they meet zoning code.
Joe Conley, chairman of Community Board 2, reached out to the DOB 10 days ago and called on the city agency to review the proposed plan for 41-18 43rd St. to make sure the building would not exceed the maximum height requirement.
Conley said the review had been completed and the plans meet zoning requirements.
Construction on the 43rd Street complex (located between 43rd and Skillman Avenues) began two weeks ago. When it is completed, the building will be 9-stories high, consisting of 38 rental units and 17 parking spaces.
The site is zoned R 7A, which comes with a maximum height of height of 80 feet. The plan does not exceed that limit, since the floor heights are well below 10 feet, Conley said.
The developer, Hooshang Nemat, said, “the DOB sent us a letter and said we are perfectly fine in terms of height and density.”
The DOB, however, issued a stop work order on the site on May 21.
Nemat said the stop work order was issued because he didn’t have a shoring permit. “We were approved for excavation and foundation work—but didn’t realize we had to get a shoring permit,” he said.
Shoring is used to protect a building while a column or wall is removed.
Nemat said that construction workers won’t return to site until the first week of June. By then, he said, the shoring permit should have been obtained.